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Cheat Sheet: How to Determine Your Skin Type

The Klog made a zine! The limited edition guidebook is full of skin care tips, K-beauty trends, horoscopes, and more and is available at our Soko House pop-up at 43 Crosby Street in New York City. Can’t make it to the pop-up? Don’t sweat it. In our ‘Cheat Sheet’ series, we’re taking tips directly out of the zine and bringing them straight to your screen. You’re going to want to bookmark this one. 

Knowing your skin type is absolutely essential when it comes to skin care. Not only is it the first step in building your routine, the foundation on which all your products and regimens rest, but it also helps you understand your skin’s patterns and behaviors so that you can best take care of it and select products which will be most effective for you. Plus, once your skin type is figured out and you have a routine that works for you, you can begin introducing products to target your more specific skin concerns.

But even though you know your skin better than anyone, it can be tricky to understand what skin type you have. 

While oily skin types typically have acne-prone skin and large pores, dry skin types can expect flaky skin and dry patches, and a lack of sebum being produced throughout the day. Combination skin types, however, are a mixture of both—with an oily T-zone and dry patches around the face. Sensitive skin types can experience redness and irritation after applying products with certain ingredients, artificial colors, and fragrances, and might be more prone to rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Finally, normal skin types might only experience oiliness or dryness during certain times of the year, and find that breakouts occur rarely. Consult the chart below for more characteristics of each skin type to determine which one you fall under!

Got your skin type figured out now? Great! You’re ready to build a routine. Now that you know your skin type, you can select the appropriate moisturizer, cleanser, sunscreen, toner, etc. to properly take care of your skin and ensure it gets the care it needs. Click here to learn how to build a routine from scratch

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